Welcome to the second annual VoiceJam, a festival produced by Walton Arts Center, featuring regional and international contemporary a cappella ensembles. Hosted by Deke Sharon who was dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as "the father of contemporary a cappella," the festival will light up Northwest Arkansas with the excitement of contemporary a cappella. Taking place in and around Northwest Arkansas, VoiceJam is a festival featuring an array of events including an international competition, one day of workshops, professional showcase concert, unexpected aca-concerts around the community and performances in local schools. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting waltonartscenter.org/voicejam or by calling our Box Office at 479.443.5600.

The inaugural VoiceJam Festival was a huge success thanks to the rousing support of our community and vocal music fans from far and wide. Learn more about last year's VoiceJam Festival here – and the 2015 VoiceJam award winners here. The VoiceJam Champion will win the opportunity to attend the Vocal Asia Festival in Taiwan in August 2016. Registration, competition criteria, submission and festival components can be found at VoiceJam Compete.

Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, 2016

VoiceJam Professional Showcase
Featuring internationally renowned act The Swingles
Friday, April 1 at 8 pm
Tickets are $10, plus applicable fees

VoiceJam Competition
Hosted by Deke Sharon
Saturday, April 2 at 7 pm
Tickets are $15-25, plus applicable fees

VoiceJam Festival Pass
Includes access to the full weekend of events, including performances, competition, workshops and a VoiceJam goody bag.
Tickets are $60, plus applicable fees

VoiceJam Workshop & Class Pass
Includes access to all workshops and masterclasses
Tickets are $25, plus applicable fees

Deke Sharon – Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” Deke Sharon is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world. Deke produces NBC’s “The Sing-Off” worldwide (USA, Netherlands, China, South Africa), which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. In addition, Deke served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal's "Pitch Perfect" & “Pitch Perfect 2” starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Deke has shared the stage with countless music legends, including Ray Charles, James Brown, Crosby Stills and Nash, Run DMC, The Temptations, LL Cool J and the Four Tops, and has performed for luminaries including former President Bill Clinton. He is the founder, director and arranger for The House Jacks, who have eight albums and dozens of international tours, including multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall, and a performance at the Monday Night Football Theme with Hank Williams Jr. in 2011.

The Swingles – A group that has pushed the boundaries of vocal music for more than half a century. First making waves in the 1960s with a group of Parisian session singers performing Bach compositions, this renowned ensemble has evolved alongside the a cappella world, holding on to their distinctive niche while growing their repertoire to include a wide variety of music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has consistently defined the five-time Grammy® winners. Join us for an evening of harmonic excellence as this esteemed British vocal band headlines WAC’s second annual VoiceJam Festival! This show is part of the 10x10 Arts Series with support provided by Hershey & Denise Garner. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Austin Brown – Member of a cappella band Home Free and Season 4 Champion of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” who had culminated nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to a vocal craft growing in popularity. Home Free had been perfecting their live show in countless State and County Fairs, college campuses, in Fortune 5

Since being crowned NBC’s “The Sing-Off” victors, Home Free has made their mark on the music scene selling more than 150,000 copies combined of their popular albums, CRAZY LIFE and FULL OF CHEER, embarking on two major national tours and amassing over 42 million YouTube views. The five-man band from Minnesota, comprised of Austin Brown (high tenor), Tim Foust (bass), Rob Lundquist (tenor), Adam Rupp (vocal percussion/beat boxer) and Chris Rupp (baritone), dropped their debut album CRAZY LIFE in 2014, which hit #1 on iTunes Country and #4 overall. Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years, Home Free has been perfecting their live show for nearly a decade performing together for packed crowds at major fairs, colleges and theatres. Their experiences on the road helped carry them to the Sing-Off victory, build a loyal fan base and bring their homegrown country style into the national spotlight.

The Wanted – Taiwan, China
TrebleMakers – Philadelphia, PA
Upper Structure – Boston, MA
Huskie Hunks – DeKalb, IL
Acaphiliacs – Tallahassee, FL
The Cat's Pajamas – Atkinson, WI
The Dear Abbeys – Brookline, MA
Mind the Gap – Eugene, OR
VirtuOSO – Waco, TX
Vocaholics – Cincinnati, OH

VoiceJam is supported by Cheyenne Products, CJCHT, NBC Universal and Vocal Asia. To learn more about VoiceJam Festival, visit waltonartscenter.org/voicejam.